Dame Agatha left us more than Marple and Poirot. Set in Art Deco England, seen on Mystery! in the 1980s, these classic stories spotlight lesser-known Christie sleuths solving crimes of the heart as well as larceny and murder. The ensemble casts include John Nettles (Midsomer Murders) and Amanda Redman (New Tricks). 10 episodes, 8 1/2 hrs, 4 DVDs, SDH.
Set 1: Disc 1
Episode 1: The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife
Suspecting her husband of having an affair, a housewife pays a visit to Parker Pyne, a self-proclaimed expert in happiness. Part of his unusual treatment includes introducing her to a young French beau.
Episode 2: In a Glass Darkly
At an engagement party for a friend's sister, an army officer has a disturbing vision-and warns the young woman against the marriage. After returning from World War I, he finds her again and realizes the true meaning of his prophecy.
Episode 3: The Girl in the Train
After losing his job, a young investment broker seeks some adventure in his life. He finds it on a train to Portsmouth when a beautiful blonde darts into his compartment and entangles him in international intrigue.
Episode 4: The Fourth Man
On the night train from London to Scotland, a lawyer, a clergyman, and a doctor discuss a celebrated case of multiple personalities. When a fourth traveler joins their compartment, he makes them question everything they once believed.
Episode 5: The Case of the Discontented Soldier
An army major returned from life abroad feels restless and bored in his new English village. He consults Parker Pyne to find the excitement and danger missing from his life-plus a little something extra.
Set 2: Disc 1
Episode 1: Magnolia Blossom
Trapped in a marriage of convenience, Theodora Darrell falls into an unexpected romance. Torn between the man who loves her and the husband who needs her, Theo searches for the freedom she so desperately desires.
Episode 2: The Mystery of the Blue Jar
Puttering around the links, a golfer repeatedly hears female cries of "Murder! Help! Murder!" But when he investigates, he can find nothing amiss. Why can't the woman at the nearby cottage hear the cries? He turns to an expert on psychic phenomena for help.
Episode 3: The Red Signal
An elderly gentleman is shot dead after attending a seance foretelling imminent danger and death-the dreaded "red signal." Suspicion falls on the man's nephew, who was recently disinherited for admitting that he loves his best friend's wife.
Episode 4: Jane in Search of a Job
Desperate for work, a young Englishwoman takes a job posing as a double for a visiting duchess. She's undeterred by the potential danger, but her policeman friend feels less sanguine about the whole affair-and he may have cause for his concern.
Episode 5: The Manhood of Edward Robinson
Although he should be saving for his wedding, when meek Edward Robinson wins the lottery, he buys a sports car and takes off on a journey. A case of mistaken identity later, Edward finds himself in the midst of a grand adventure.
- Biography of Agatha Christie and Parker Pyne: Before Poirot
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 517 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of Discs: 4
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
"Thrills, intrigue, and romance" --The Sunday Telegraph (UK)
"Entertaining" --San Francisco Chronicle